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Pro XAVC Long GOP compatibility bulletin 2015.1

More XAVC Long GOP compatibility reports are now coming out of the woodwork.

I recently published an article about the breakthrough pro XAVC Long GOP códec/format from Sony, which is the third group of XAVC born in 2012. In the first article, I covered the status of third party software that support professional XAVC Long GOP. Since then, more compatibility reports are coming out of the woodwork. Ahead is a compatibility update, and even a video from a Canadian reader.

Link to first article

The first article is called Understanding & using the breakthrough XAVC Long GOP códec/file format and includes the following sections:

  • What’s GOP (not the political party) and i-frame?
  • 50 megabit/second = nostalgia = 6.25 megabytes/second
  • How to use XAVC Long GOP files today?
  • Apple software
  • Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve
  • Sony software
  • Other third party software
  • Telestream Switch
  • The temporary bottom line

Here’s a link to that first article.

Updated list of software apps that already support pro XAVC long GOP directly

As indicated in detail below, only some of the following has been tested by me.

Editing software

  • Adobe Premiere CC for Mac or Windows. I haven’t tested it, but Rubén Abruña of The Absent House/La Casa Ausente (who is an Adobe Certified Instructor for Premiere Pro CC) says that it works fine, but innapropiately indicates ARRI Cinema as the Editing Mode when the usar asks to create a new sequence based upon the Long GOP XAVC file. I also personally verified that the older Adobe Premiere CS6 does not support professional XAVC Long GOP material.
  • Avid Media Composer (for Mac or Windows, via AMA, and requires the free XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Avid (PDZK-MA2) from Sony. I haven’t tested it, but Rubén Abruña has with version 8.3.0. Rubén is also an Avid Certified Instructor for Media Composer.
  • Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve (for Mac, Unix, or Windows. I tested the free DaVinci Resolve Lite 11 version 11.2.1lite002 on Mac, as indicated in the prior article.)

Transcoding software

The following software applications can be used to transcode to a edit-friendly format/códec, for those editors who can’t yet read pro XAVC long GOP directly.

  • Divergent Media EditReady, US$49.99 (for Mac only. I tested version and it worked fine.)
  • Sony Catalyst Browse, free (It works with version 1.1.0. Thanks to reader Gerry Fraiberg who wrote to me from Canada to point it out. The prior version I downloaded didn’t work, but version 1.1.0 does.)

Gerry Fraiberg also published the above video which he shot with the Sony PXW-X70 camcorder using XAVC 50 megabit per second 4:2:2 10-bit and (after transcoding) edited with FCP X.

I won’t go into detail here (that’s what I do in my reviews), but I will clarify that the paid apps listed above have more features than the free Catalyst Browse.

Remaining applications that don’t yet support pro XAVC long GOP directly

  • Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.4 with Mac OS X 10.10.2 (14C109)
  • QuickTime Pro 7 version 7.6.6 (1709) with Mac OS X 10.10.2 (14C109)
  • QuickTime X version 10.4 (833.1) with Mac OS X 10.10.2 (14C109)

So as of today, if you edit with Final Cut Pro X, you’ll have to transcode or wait. As always, I’ll keep publishing news about this as the situation changes.

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Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is an award-winning broadcaster & podcaster, bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994,…